I stitched our pretty Curlz Split Applique Design on fabric and framed it to hang in a little girl's room. The adorable frame was custom made by our friends at PrintMyPictureOnline.com. (Read on to see how you can win one for yourself!!)
Stabilizer to suit your fabric type
Fabric for applique
Item to be appliqued, such as a t-shirt, dish towel, etc.
Thread to coordinate with your fabric
Water soluble topping, optional
Temporary spray adhesive, optional
Let's get started!
Press a piece of fusible web to the back of the fabric you are using for your applique. Set aside.
Hoop your stabilizer and the item you are embroidering.
The first set of stitches creates the “placement line”, which is an outline that shows you exactly where to place your applique fabric in the next step.
Take your applique fabric and center it over the placement line. Tape the fabric in place along the edges to hold it steady during next step. As an alternative, you can use temporary spray adhesive on the back of the fabric before you place it over the placement lines.
The next set of stitches creates a “cutting line” which shows you where to trim off the excess fabric.
At this point, you’ll want to remove the hoop from your machine. Trim around the cutting line, getting as close as you can to the outline without cutting through the stitches.
Replace the hoop on your machine. The next set of stitches creates a zigzag around the applique.
When you're finished stitching, remove the project from the hoop and remove the stabilizer. Cover the project with a pressing cloth and press with an iron to fuse the applique fabric down.
I hope you'll give appliques a try - they're a great way to fancy up just about any project and they're SEW easy to stitch with your embroidery machine!
Would you like to win a beautiful, custom-made Pink 8x10 Frame from PrintMyPictureOnline.com? Leave a comment below telling us about your experience with appliques for your chance to win! Winner will be chose at random and announced on our blog on March 2, 2014.